Driving Menaggio to Lauterbrunnen in June

Driving Menaggio to Lauterbrunnen in June

Print this page
Create an account to receive an e-mail when someone replies to this thread
Posts: 9
This thread is closed. You are welcome to log in and submit a new thread.
james8080
james8080
14 posts
new member
Apr 25, 2018 - 1:37 PM

I've decided to drive from Menaggio to Lauterbrennen (staying in wengen). I know a lot of people will suggest train, its easier, probably cheaper, i can enjoy the view, etc, but we're travelling with a 2yo and 7+ hours of bus plus train with connections and luggage and stroller is a scary thought, we much rather a 4 hour drive where we can stop for lunch/etc to break it up if she gets cranky. After 5 days we will be heading to stresa / lake maggiore

That being said, does anybody know of a good place to stop along the way, maybe get lunch? I see Faido is a couple hours out may be a good stopping point, but thats just me googling and looking at the route. Any other tips on making the drive? I'm using viamichelin, its saying 4 hours total for the drive to lauterbrunen. Thanks very much, I may have bit off more than I can chew but we are up for the adventure and would love to experience a small switzerland town even if its only for a quick stop for lunch or something.

1960man
1960man
377 posts
top member
Apr 26, 2018 - 12:09 AM

You don't give a date - summer or winter?

Note that the Gotthard motorway has regulated traffic through the tunnel (introduced after a fire in the tunnel a few years ago), so you can sit in stationary traffic for a while at busy times

Faido is a bit down at heal

Last modified on Apr 26, 2018 - 12:09 AM by 1960man
1960man
1960man
377 posts
top member
Apr 26, 2018 - 12:17 AM

Have you thought about a taxi from Menaggio to Lugano. Once at Lugano station you would only need to take two main line trains with good connections, then the local train Interlaken - Lauterbrunnen

james8080
james8080
14 posts
new member
Apr 26, 2018 - 12:46 AM

Sorrrt first week in june.

I did not think of a taxi but that may actually make sense. I would have to figure out if i can get a taxi with a car seat

I know there is also a bus from menaggio to lugano but ive heard it may be hard with luggage, and we will have a decent amount plus stroller

Lucas
Lucas
7195 posts
expert &
moderator
Apr 26, 2018 - 2:47 AM in reply to james8080

Maybe try and stretch yourself to Flüelen so you can have a break on Lake Lucerne?

The Gotthard Pass is due to open at end of May...you may luck out with a scenic drive instead of the 60km tunnel....:)

Removed user
Removed user
0 posts
new member
Apr 26, 2018 - 1:31 PM in reply to james8080

>> I know there is also a bus from menaggio to lugano but ive heard it may be hard with luggage, and we will have a decent amount plus stroller

I don't know about luggage arrangements for the Italian bus from Menaggio, but I would be surprised if they didn't load it all into a compartment under the bus, as I would think that a substantial number of their passengers would be travelling with luggage.

The Swiss Palm Express PostBus, which drops off and picks up in Menaggio on the trip between St Moritz and Lugano, definitely has room for luggage in the compartment under the bus. However, its schedule is more limited than the Italian bus. It is currently running St Moritz-Lugano on Fri, Sat and Sun until 10 Jun 2018, then daily from 11 Jun. When it is running, there is just one service per day in each direction. Reservations are compulsory.

Alpenrose

Last modified on Apr 26, 2018 - 1:34 PM by Removed user
james8080
james8080
14 posts
new member
Apr 26, 2018 - 6:57 PM in reply to Lucas

so is the gotthard pass faster than the tunnel? Or is it slower but more scenic? I'm all into scenic, but also the main reason to drive is to save time as I have a ticking time bomb infant strapped in a car seat. Any way I figure it out, the train trip is 6+ hours and driving appears to be 4

1960man
1960man
377 posts
top member
Apr 26, 2018 - 11:34 PM

The Gotthard pass is a mountain pass road so very much not faster than the tunnel. The hairpins up from Airolo are famous.

Looking at Lugano - Lauterbrunnen by train.

Fastest train journey on this section is 4 hours 43. It may seem bizarre - but is normal for Switzerland - that the quickest train itinerary is via the north of Switzerland .

If you travel on the right trains, there will be a children's coach available...

Lucas
Lucas
7195 posts
expert &
moderator
Apr 27, 2018 - 2:04 AM in reply to james8080

The Alpine pass is very much slower than the tunnel. But way, way more interesting. Be careful with Google maps in Switzerland, especially on alpine passes the timing can be way off, especially if you aren't used to driving mountain roads.

More on MySwissAlps.com

Swiss tips in your mailbox

Sign up to receive our newsletter and the latest forum messages. The best way to prepare for your trip!

Sign up

Get a customized itinerary for your trip

Let Swiss travel consultants create a customized itinerary. They will book your entire trip.

More
© MySwissAlps.com 2002-2018